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FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Image of the Day: The Whitehall Hotel

April 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Whitehall Hotel remains a landmark destination in Chicago, offering a very European sense of grace and grandeur. The Presidential Suite offers this terrific view of the Chicago skyline.  

The Whitehall Hotel 

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Enroll at Peninsula Academy at The Peninsula Chicago

February 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Chicago

Located in the center of downtown Chicago on Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Chicago is just steps from the best shopping, dining, cultural activities and a few blocks from the business and financial district. The luxury hotel takes full advantage of its location to show guests the city, through it's innovative Peninsula Academy program. Explore architecture, art, theatre, car-racing, and neighborhood tours. Kids get their own programs as well.

Here's what's on offer at The Peninsula Chicago: 

Princess for a Day: How to be a Perfect Princess
This programme is perfect for young ladies aspiring to be a princess. A fairy tale experience awaits, complete with princess attire and tiara, a horse-drawn carriage ride to a shopping spree, and a princess etiquette class. The day culminates with Her Royal Highness receiving a visit from Prince Charming for a glass slipper fitting.

Broadway in Chicago: Exceptional Seats to Preferred Performances
Experience the best of Broadway in Chicago with VIP access to premier house seats to all performances, including sold-out shows, and a three-course dinner at the hotel.

Private Architectural Boat Cruise: River Tour of Chicago's SkyscrapersThe Peninsula Chicago Princess for a Day Program
Birthplace of the skyscraper and world-renowned architecture, there is no better place to experience Chicago’s remarkable structural design than from the Chicago River. This private river cruise will guide you through the labyrinth of the city's skyscrapers, weaving history and trivia into a modern day story, all while you and your guests enjoy a lovely lunch and beverages aboard a private yacht.

Historic Chicago Neighborhoods: Guided Cultural Tour
Discover Chicago, a city of neighbourhoods. Lifelong residents and first-time guests of the Windy City will visit notable Chicago landmarks such as Millennium Park, the Willis Tower, President Obama’s home, historic mansions on Astor Street, and the Buckingham Fountain. Take in the sights along Lake Shore Drive before heading to Chicago’s up-and-coming, trendy Wicker Park/Bucktown and other notable neighbourhoods.

Chicago Fire House Excursion: For Young Firefighters in Training
This programme is ideal for aspiring firefighters who wish to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter in an urban environment. Frequently called into action, Chicago Firefighters must be ready to respond to a variety of emergency situations. Your little ones will learn what it takes to be a firefighter in an active city setting and have the chance to tour a working firehouse.

The Peninsula Chicago Private Tours of the Art Institute of chicago

Exotic Car Adventure: From Roadway to Racetrack
Get behind the wheel of an exotic car with this exciting raceway experience! You will enjoy scenic shoreline driving and urban roadways via Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive. This two-day programme begins when you select the exotic car of your choice followed by a decadent steak dinner and a unique scotch-flight experience. The following morning at the Autobahn racetrack, you will receive exclusive one-on-one driving instruction on a closed course and have the opportunity to drive five different high-powered vehicles on an Autobahn raceway format.

Little Bakers: Pastry Class for Aspiring Chefs
This experience is perfect for youngsters who want the opportunity to get a “taste” of the Pastry Kitchen – including making marshmallows and cakes, decorating cupcakes, cookies and more.The Peninsula Chicago River Tour of the Chicago Skyline

Art Institute of Chicago: Private Tour of Revered Art Collection
Art Institute of Chicago is a national treasure, offering the country’s leading collection of impressionists’ paintings, among many other prized pieces. Experience unprecedented access to the museum’s revered collections with a customised tour tailored to the your selected art preference.
 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

December 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled at the gateway to Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is within walking distance of most major attractions. Just steps away from renowned Rush Street, this four-diamond Chicago hotel offers stylish accommodations with luxury amenities, modern event facilities, irresistible dining options and gracious service.

 Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

 

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Say Hello to Thompson Chicago

October 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Thompson Chicago
Thompson Chicago
made its grand debut October 1, 2013.  After a full renovation, the 247-room hotel (formerly the former Sutton Place Chicago) specializes in personalized service and presents a signature restaurant from One Off Hospitalit, six bi-level penthouse lofts, a 10,000 square foot fitness center, and a winter garden.Thompson Chicago

 

Thompson Chicago sits just steps from Chicago’s best shopping and an array of enticing bars and restaurants in the exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood, located at the north end of downtown Chicago.

Each accommodation features modern rain showerheads, upscale bath and spa products by REN, and robust Internet service. On-site amenities and experienced staff ensure each stay is seamless: From complimentary luxury car service to valet parking to 24-hour in-room dining, each aspect of the Thompson experience is tailored to surpass every guest's expectations.

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Image of the Day: Hotel Sax Chicago

August 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The 36-foot video wall on the fourth floor of Hotel Sax Chicago can be programmed to display your choice of images.  

Hotel Sax Chicago

Nightly Fall rates at Hotel Sax Chicago start at $190 >>

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Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

August 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The James


The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

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New Hotel: The Langham Chicago

June 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham Chicago, which opens this week,  will embrace the splendour and elegance of the original grand hotel. Its 316 rooms, from 525 sq ft, will be amongst the largest in the city and will feature magnificent views over the Chicago Lake and River. Views can also be had from the Pavilion – recreating the venue which served the world's first afternoon tea in a grand hotel in 1865.

 langham chicago

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Did You Know? The Langham Chicago

May 8, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Langham, Chicago, which is brand new, will be housed within the 52-story structure that was the last to be designed by Mies van der Rohe and is affectionately known by Chicago's citizens as the IBM Building. The building's cultural value was recognized when it was declared a Chicago Landmark in 2008 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March 2010.

The Langham Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PUBLIC Chicago's Library Does Double Duty

April 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

 

PUBLIC Chicago's Library is a coffee bar by day and nightclub lounge by night. During the day guests are welcomed to enjoy the coffee bar's wide selection of La Colombe Coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, and other specialties created by the famous chef Jean-Georges. The night time scene at the Library is one of Chicago’s newest hot spots! Complete with an impressive roster of some of the hottest DJ’s in the Chicago nightclub scene, in addition to renowned guest DJ’s like Paul Oakenfold, the Library is definitely a place to see and be seen. The multifunctional space of the Library was designed by famous hotelier and Studio 54 co-owner, Ian Schrager and his expert team of designers. Taking under consideration the contrasting moods of the space (tranquil coffee house by day, popular nightclub lounge by night), Schrager and his team made sure that each piece of furniture in the Library had the ability to transform as well.

The Library at the Public Hotel in Chicago use various table and chair settings to efficiently answer the different uses of the space. For example, arm chairs and sofas paired with low tables placed by the fireplace makes it ideal for a tranquil sip of coffee during the day while cozying up to a book, or to enjoy a signature cocktail in a comfortable setting while conversing with friends. If you are in the Chicago area and looking for an affordable luxury hotel with a happening night scene, you should definitely check out the Library located in The Public Hotel in Chicago.

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Winners Report: The Peninsula Chicago

April 4, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

 

 

 

Fans of Five Star Alliance will remember our recent Last Minute Giveaway. Mary K. was the winner of our recent Last Minute Giveaway sweepstakes, and she shared a few pictures from her stay at The Peninsula Chicago with us. Mary won a two-night stay at the luxury hotel, and the hotel surprised her with an upgrade to a Grand Deluxe Room and special amenities.  At left is the lobby of the downtown hotel, and below is one of the doormen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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